Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2016-05

by on October 4, 2018

Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Average Price

$60-75 US Retail


Unique floral and herbal notes mix well with the more classic bourbon notes


The ethanol bite is pronounced, and may be overwhelming to some.

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Buy it now! This is a fun and unique bourbon, and one of the better Bookers releases of the past two years.


Today we grow ever nearer to completing my quest to have every Booker’s bourbon release from the past two years reviewed in full for you here.  The fifth batch of 2016 was dubbed “Off Your Rocker”.  Let’s see how it compares to the rest!


  • Distilled, aged, and bottled by Beam-Suntory at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY
  • Age:  at least 6 years, 7 months, 23 days
  • Mash bill:  77% corn, 13% rye, 10% malted barley
  • Cask type:  new American oak barrels
  • ABV:  64.85% (129.7 proof)

Nose:  Charred parchment paper and warm toasted oak sit alongside floral spice and caramel. As the aroma evolves, further notes of bold leather, spicy anise, and a touch of cinnamon develop.  The aroma is sweet and floral, bold and rich.

Palate:  The arrival is dense with creamy peanut butter, pencil shavings, and soft pine verging on juniper.  The arrival is quickly overtaken by a full bodied cinnamon graham cracker and caramel note with a unique herbal tea undercurrent.  The burn is big but not overwhelming, and melds with the sweet and earthy flavors well.

Finish:  Full and long with pops of pine, spice, and earthy candied flowers.  The spice is sharp and lingers as hints of toffee and vanilla sneak in before finally fading out with a touch of corn and soft leather.

Buying Recommendation:  Buy it now!  Of course, it’s a bit arbitrary to give a buying recommendation to an extinct past release, it’s a testament to how good this release was, especially at it’s former suggested retail price of $60.  This is a great batch for those who enjoy a big bite and complex sweetness.  This is a fun and unique bourbon that sits in the upper half of my Booker’s rankings.  The odd herbal spices may seem out of place, but they really are the highlight here, and they go together well with the more classic bourbon notes.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2016-05 – – – [/wpurp-searchable-recipe]

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